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5.0 out of 5 stars The Institutionalist Bible
In my mind Cicero is one of the world's greatest political thinkers. His views on mixed constitution and the importance of maintaining a high moral standard among the citizens and rulers of a state have moved me more than any other.
Where most other philosophers are either more concerned with pure idealism or attempt to be overly realistic, Cicero walks the fine line...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Technical issues
I need this work for personal reading as well as for academic study, so as you can imagine, I was dismayed to find so many technical issues reading this book on my HP Pavilion, when every other book I have on the Kindle app on here functions perfectly.

Other than that, you can't really fault this ancient work, unless you question it (which I do), which has...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Institutionalist Bible, 27 Nov 2013
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In my mind Cicero is one of the world's greatest political thinkers. His views on mixed constitution and the importance of maintaining a high moral standard among the citizens and rulers of a state have moved me more than any other.
Where most other philosophers are either more concerned with pure idealism or attempt to be overly realistic, Cicero walks the fine line between. He was a moral philosopher, and so he is concerned more with educating the minds of his readers than to persuade them of any one way of thinking. KNOWING what is best isn't enough, if you don't know WHY.

In The Republic, the three possible constitutions (rule of the one, rule of the few, and rule of the many) are discussed in the same style as Plato's dialogues. The good of all three is weighed against the evil, and the entire nature of politics is touched upon in this, sadly fragmented, discussion. In true Socratic dialectic style the ideal becomes the converged ideal, the mixed constitution which ensures the fairness of democracy, the righteousness of aristocracy, and the efficiency of the monarchy, while restraining the subverted forms of either through the sound structure of the states institutions.

The Laws are not a draft of actual laws but a philosophical letter meant for his son, which addresses the nature of laws and law making. It even touches upon the subject of equality which he saw as a state of being between individuals rather than something which could ever hope to be imposed by any institution

Cicero's view were radical in his own time and although they never dominated either philosophy or politics, they have influenced Western civilization for more than 2000 years. This book should be read by anyone wanting to enter into politics or even just discuss politics on a leisurely level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book of enlightened statecraft, 27 May 2012
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This book is highly recommended to everyone that has intellectually evolved past the marxist, socialist, capitalist or classical liberal theories and has a deep understanding of not just political theory, but more importantly empirical facts regarding the consequenes of these theories when they are institutionalized.

This is not a beginners book, but is recommended to anyone having read Schumpeter, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Rousseau, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, John Stuart Mill, Platon, Aristotle, Gadamer, Kant and Machiavelli. The reason for this is because this book does not embrace radical ideas suited for young minds, but reflecting ideas suited for a sophisticated mature mind.

I will not give any examples to the arguments and philosophy of Cicero as I want other readers to experience them for themselves, as they are revelations.

The book is highly entertaining to read as it is enlightening, it is written as a screenplay of a group of friends spending the summer holiday at the great Scipio Africanus summer estate in the suburbs of Rome discussing the best form of society, and deals with themes from Justice, Traditions, Religion, Power, distribution of Capital, wellfare, trade and war. This book is for the mature mind as it is built on empirical facts of history rather than political wishfull thinking of utopias.

This book provides a blueprint for the most stable society, where imperfect human beings can coexist in prosperity and justice without the need for revolutions or depressions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Technical issues, 12 Nov 2013
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I need this work for personal reading as well as for academic study, so as you can imagine, I was dismayed to find so many technical issues reading this book on my HP Pavilion, when every other book I have on the Kindle app on here functions perfectly.

Other than that, you can't really fault this ancient work, unless you question it (which I do), which has provided the basis of so many philosophers' works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the Republic and the Laws - Cicero, 27 May 2013
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Not read it in depth yet. It clearly is not an easy read unless this subject interests the reader. Am still reading two other books about Rome - but I intend to read this next.
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